Ben Sasse Tears Into Trump Over Gun Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the committee’s confirmation hearing for FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska doesn’t mind calling out President Donald Trump when he disagrees with him, and Trump’s comments on guns yesterday are no exception.

As we’ve previously noted, in a meeting with Republican and Democratic legislators over the issue of guns, Trump ad-libbed his thoughts on possible gun control measures that are not only out of step with his Republican base, but also a completely devoid of any care for the Constitutional right of due process.

Sasse’s comments were swift, pointed, and completely right.

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Luckily, it seems most Republicans in Congress were as taken aback as Sasse, and Trump’s ideas will probably never become policy during his presidency. But, the fact that Trump made the comments at all should worry his supporters.

There are potential solutions to the issues of gun violence and gun control. But, stripping American citizens of a constitutional right in order to keep people “safe” is a blatantly authoritarian route to take, and it’s not a route any sensible Congress should dare to tread.

But it’s not like people weren’t warned of Trump’s true thoughts on gun control. It’s been his position his entire life. He didn’t misspeak. He just let the mask slip.